It's been 4 years since I made a mecate like this. 2015 saw the replication of Fancy's lost Hackamore, but that one copied 10-years-old techniques. My last spun mecate was made in 2013 (Moisan's).
The green color is another reason this one was slow. I didn't have a nice emerald green thread of the gauge I normally use for these mecates. (Heck, no green of any shade!) With what can only be perfectionism, I chose to make every inch of green thread handspun from Gutermann's very small gauge. As it happened the ratio of Gutermann's to what I was after was 9 to 1. Sound familiar...?
Where to begin?
With a written battle plan.
I started with the longest-thread strands, the 'fleck' or checkered ones: 80 inches of tiny hand-quilting brown and white. As it happened 80 inches was too long; it should have been 75 or so.
Spinning the checkered strand took so long that I stopped in the middle and did other colors and other parts, like the popper. Seen below, the blue is done, the green nearly so and the white not at all. The tiny blue clip is holding my place in the checkered strand.